Bay to form harbor commission
By Jennifer Lenain
Feb 8, 2013, 18:23
The Bay Saint Louis City Council on Tuesday moved forward on the formation of a harbor commission.
"This is the beginning of a dream," Mayor Les Fillingame said last November when dredging began on the ambitious Bay St. Louis Harbor/Marina project, "The contractor has been mobilized and it's going to be moving forward from here."
At the time, the project's contract calls for a 560-day time-frame for completion, but a change order in December 2012 added 60 days to the completion date.
Currently, the harbor/marina is expected to be capable of holding up to 168 boats, which will range from 20 to 60 feet in length.
A part of moving forward with the harbor project is the creation of a harbor commission, Fillingame.
The Mayor will appoint the members of the board at the council's discretion.
"The harbor commission will consist of 5-7 volunteers that are experts in harbor and maritime laws," Fillingame said Friday.
The board will be very active in the harbor planning process, focusing on settling fees and operational planning, Fillingame said .
Planning of who will be on the board of the harbor commission is currently under way and a list is expected to be presented in March, Fillingame said.
In other action:
• Motion to subscribe to Dreambox Creations for Government 2.0 for one year at a cost of $999.00 - made by Council Member McDonald, seconded by Council Member Seal and approved 6-0.
Government 2.0 is an application that is free to download to any iPhone or Android device that will allow residents of the community to report issues, look up city news and access the city website.
The app allows residents to easily submit issues such as graffiti, potholes, and safety hazards by taking a picture directly from their phone.
The app will automatically determine the city the user is in as well as place GPS coordinate information with the picture.
Once sending the issue, it will be directed to the proper department within the city.
Residents can even keep track of their submissions.
For more information visit http://baystlouis-ms.gov/.
• The council is going back to the drawing board for the Old Spanish Trail Sidewalk Lighting Analysis. The goal is to install lighting and sidewalks, from Main Street to Seube Street, along Old Spanish Trail within a designated budget of about $808,000. The issue will be revisited at the next Bay Saint Louis City Council meeting.